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Funding News - Applications Sought on Basic and Translational Research on Emotion

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourage grant applications on the processes and mechanisms involved in the experience and expression of emotion.

The study of emotion encompasses a wide range of psychological, social, developmental, and biological phenomena, including characteristic expressive signals, alterations in physiology, and subjective feeling states. Central and autonomic nervous system activity and the role of cognitive processing in emotion also are important subjects for study, as is the contribution of emotional and motivational systems to cognitive faculties such as perception, attention, memory, and motor control.

Examples of potential research areas include: the relationships among behavioral, expressive, physiological, and subjective aspects of emotion; the continuities across, and distinctions among, reflex, emotion, mood, temperament, emotional trait, and emotional disorder; the extent to which behavioral, expressive, physiological, and subjective measures of emotion can identify intent in individuals at risk for suicidal, violent, or self-injurious behavior within the context of preventive interventions; the biological and experimental sources of individual differences in emotional reactivity and regulation throughout development; the determinants, age-specific characteristics, and consequences of emotional attachments across the lifespan; how cultural and socialization processes influence the experience and expression of emotion; and the neuroanatomical and neurochemical processes involved in emotional states and emotion-based individual differences.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2109, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: (301) 496-9964; fax: (301) 402-2060; e-mail:

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